About

Lydia


My family has always had members with paws. When I was younger we had dogs and when I bought my first home the first thing I did was head to the local rescue centre. My pets are members of my family so I know how important your pets are to you.

 

Before starting any services I will book a meeting with you and your pet. This is really important as it allows me to get to know you and your pet. Every pet is unique, I love learning about each pet's character and preferences.

 

Before providing any services I will go through all of the important paperwork with you. I am also fully insured, have Pet First Aid training and a DBS check so you will be able to relax knowing that your pet is receiving excellent care.

My pets are members of my family so I know how important your pets are to you.

Missy

My little princess has the loudest purr I've ever heard, she sounds more like an engine than a cat. She's extremely chatty and very intelligent. She loves to be cuddled and will sit or stand on me even if there is no space!

Badger

One of the only clumsy cats, he often trips over his own feet. He likes to be stroked from the tip of his nose over the top of his head. He literally throws himself at my feet for cuddles, expecially at bedtime when I am brushing my teeth.

My Story

Ex-teacher turned dog walker. I studied Chemistry at University and then trained to be a teacher. I taught science for 4 years before realising I wanted to do something different with my life. In my spare time, I volunteered at a local charity walking their dogs and found the experience both rewarding and relaxing. This is when the idea of setting up my own dog walking and pet sitting business came to me.


It was the sort of job I’d never dreamed I’d be able to have. I mean who doesn’t want to spend every day with gorgeous animals? But where do you start? There were no guarantees like in teaching of a wage each month and no paid holidays. I had absolutely no idea how to run a business and no customers.


First stop: Research. I spent a lot of time reading about dog walkers, writing contracts for future customers, getting insured and trained in pet first aid. Then I was out posting what felt like a million leaflets throughout a very cold January and into February in the hope of getting some customers. Luckily, I picked up a few customers quickly and through that first year my customer base steadily increased and was boosted further by the introduction of home boarding when I obtained my 4-star licence in the Summer. I still spend a lot of time researching how to do my job better and am always looking for courses on dog behavior.


Now, I’m in my second year and on the hunt for a van as unfortunately my little car just isn’t cutting it anymore. I also have some exciting ideas about how to expand my little business further but I won’t share those with you just yet, but don’t worry I won’t be keeping you waiting too long.


I often get asked if I regret leaving teaching. The answer is a firm NO. Although I don’t regret having been a teacher as it helped me take a leap into a job that I truly love. Surprisingly the jobs are very similar: planning, preparation and organisation; however one job is way more fun, muddy and furry (you can guess which).


Owner of Happy Waggers and Sleepy Whiskers,

Lydia

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